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49ers LB Chris Borland Decides Football Isn’t Worth the Risk

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Chris Borland is 24 years old. He has played 1 season in the NFL. And yesterday, he announced that he’s done.

Per Outside the Lines:

I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health. From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.

I feel largely the same, as sharp as I’ve ever been. For me it’s wanting to be proactive. I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late. … There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise.

As a rising star in San Francisco (especially given the retirement of P. Willis), it’s an odd move to see him call it quits. You would think that after playing at Wisconsin from 2009-2013, a few more years in the NFL would be well worth the payday.

Borland totaled 108 tackles, 1 sack and 2 interceptions in 14 games his rookie season. The 3rd round pick didn’t get the starting nod until week 7, when Patrick Willis was sidelined with a toe injury. Imagine his numbers had he been an every snap LB from day one.

That’s two linebackers that have retired in San Fran this month. One due to injury, and one due to the risk of injury. Two.

Time to enter the spin zone, Roger.

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